15-year-old robbed 5 people in armed crime spree, Chicago police say

CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy was part of an armed robbery crew that robbed five victims, including an 80-year-old man, during a holdup spree last month, Chicago police said in a charging announcement on Friday morning.

CWBChicago reported that the Saturday, September 23, spree involved a group of between two and four Black males in their teens and early 20s who wore ski masks and dark clothing. They jumped out of cars and targeted victims on the street.

The boy is charged with robbing a 20-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman in the 3000 block of North Tripp in Avondale; a 43-year-old woman in the 1500 block of North Talman in Humboldt Park; an 80-year-old man in the 1900 block of North Spaulding; and a 24-year-old woman in the 3300 block of West Dickens. The last two robberies were in Logan Square.

Chicago cops arrested the boy Thursday in the 200 block of North Albany to face five counts of robbery. No further information is available about him because he is a juvenile.

Robbery sprees have been popping up several times a week, with West Town, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square being particularly hard-hit. Our reporting has been exhaustive (and exhausting), but here are some recent stories:

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